Independent Support Practitioner Closing date: 7th October 2016 at middayInterview date: 13th October 2016Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Salary: Grade 5, £20,598Hours per week: Part time, 24 hours per week, permanent.Location: BristolThe role:Independent Support is a national programme commissioned by the Department of Education through the Council for Disabled Children, to fund the voluntary, private and community sector to employ staff and volunteers to support parents and young people through the recent education reforms; particularly in relation to those transitioning from Statements of SEN to Education, Health and Care Plans and to support those newly entering the SEN assessment process. The role of the Independent Support Practitioners will be to provide help, advice and support to any family or young person going through a statutory Education Health and Care needs assessment and those who are transitioning over to the new Education, Health and Care assessment and planning process. Full training and a comprehensive induction will be provided.If you have a relevant NVQ 3 qualification, would relish the challenge of this new Independent Supporter role and be able to demonstrate:- Knowledge of present provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities within the local area you will be working Experience of working within an environment relevant to special educational needs and disability Excellent communication skills with the ability to negotiate with schools, the local authority and partner agencies. Experience of advising, empowering and supporting parents and /or young people. then we would like to hear from you. Job Description Person SpecificationTo apply:Download an Application Pack Please send completed applications to Julia Hammond by email to Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org or post to:KIDS Acorn HouseKingswood Foundation EstBritannia RoadBristolBS15 8DBFor more information please contact Julia Hammond on 01179476111.